Why do I choose to be sexually pure?

Why do I choose to be sexually pure?

by Rachel Ever since I was little, I’ve been taught that sexual intimacy is to be between a man and woman sealed in the power of marriage. An intimate relationship within marriage is something very special and important. It helps a husband and wife express love and tenderness and also to bring children into the world. It is a part of marriage that should be personal and held with deep regard. The world has a much different view of sexuality. TV, music, movies, the Internet often promote the idea that sexual intimacy is…Read more …
Embark in the Service of God

Embark in the Service of God

by Whitney In our Church every year there is a scripture that acts as the theme for the year. The theme this year is Doctrine and Covenants 4:2. This is one of my favorite sections in the scriptures. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. —Doctrine and Covenants 4:2  [Tweet "Serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, that ye may stand blameless before…Read more …
Gratitude: A Key to a Happy Life

Gratitude: A Key to a Happy Life

by Rachel Before you start reading this, promise me that sometime today you'll find the time to go outside, stand there, look up at the sky, and contemplate how great life is. Okay, continue reading. (: Whether it's the beautiful San Diego beach my family visits for Christmas or up in the gorgeous mountains of Northern Salt Lake, my absolute favorite place to be is the outdoors.  Question: Why is your favorite place outside where there's bugs, it's cold, and you probably can't get very good internet service? Answer: Because there is something…Read more …
What matters most to you?

What matters most to you?

Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke about an experience he had while visiting refugees in relief centers located in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas after Hurricane Katrina. He said, “Several of the brethren I recently visited where devastated as they began to try to put their lives back together. Their stories and situations are tragic and poignant in many ways, but in all that I heard, what touched me the most was the crying out for family: “Where is my mother?” “I can’t find my son.” “I’ve lost a sister.” These were hungry, frightened people…Read more …
Why is education important?

Why is education important?

by Tommy In my 11 years of schooling, I have become very accustom to hearing people say that they won’t ever need to know what the square root of 9 is in the jobs that they pick. This is probably true. You won’t ever need to know that Krypton has an atomic mass of 36, and a complete outer electron shell. But these “useless” facts are a lot more important than we think, even if we don’t use them in our future. The Lord has commanded us to learn all that we can…Read more …
Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

Does Music Affect the Way I Think and Feel?

by Ambree A year ago, I had the opportunity attend E.F.Y. (Especially for Youth), which is an amazing program focused on youth ages 14-18 years old. This week-long experience changed my life for the better! One class that I will never forget was about how music can be a negative or positive influence on people’s attitudes. The instructor started the class by playing a piece of music that had a beautiful arrangement of the piano, the violin, and the flute. I instantly felt peaceful, happy, and relaxed. I could feel God’s spirit enter…Read more …
Service Is Effective Medicine

Service Is Effective Medicine

by Kaity Common complaints of the youth today may be about the pressures of school, friends, lack of sleep, car problems, or parental restrictions. To the youth that feel this way, I suggest an effective medicine to cure your problems. Lay your books aside for a few hours, leave your phone, and go visit someone who is lonely, someone who is sick, or someone who is discouraged. Oftentimes, if you have complaints about your life, it is because you are thinking too much of what concerns you and not of what may concern…Read more …
Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

Is What You’re Doing Now Getting You Closer to Where You Want to Be Tomorrow? 

by Rachel I am your average junior in high school. Every day I am faced with a countless number of decisions that will ultimately determine the outcome of my future. Will these choices help me to serve a mission, get married in the temple, get as much education as possible, provide me with more opportunities in the future, etc. That's a scary thought for some kids. Elder Richard G. Scott gave us some great advice: "Think of the long view of life, not just what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t give up…Read more …
Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

Five Ways to Strengthen Your Family

by Whitney I come from a big family. I am the oldest of six kids—three boys and three girls. My parents were married and sealed in the Latter-Day Saint Salt Lake temple. We believe this means our family can be together forever. My family is so important to me and I don’t know where I would be without them.  In the scriptures we read about families since the very beginning with Adam and Eve. In the Book of Mormon, a companion scripture to the bible and another testament of Jesus Christ, it says…Read more …
What Rules Do I Follow in Dating?

What Rules Do I Follow in Dating?

By Andy My friend’s dad has a rule for my friend and I when it comes to dating. He calls it the “2-for-1 Rule”. It is where you can take a girl on a date twice, but you cannot take her on date number three until after you have taken another lucky young lady on a date. This may seem like a silly rule, but I am glad that I have it to follow. This rule is important because, as it says in my faith’s guide for youth called For the Strength of…Read more …